Family Intervention Projects

The Troubled Families Programme: the perfect social policy?

No social policy can expect to achieve a 100 per cent success rate. Yet according to government, the Troubled Families Programme has achieved almost exactly that.

The programme has apparently turned around the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and excluded families across England, in a remarkably short period of time.

All of this has occurred against a backdrop of cuts to local services and welfare reforms which have hit not just families, but the very organisations and councils that deliver services to them.

Family intervention projects: a classic case of policy-based evidence

There is little evidence to support the intensive Family Intervention Projects according to Professor David Gregg's briefing paper,  Family intervention projects: a classic case of policy-based evidence  which is based on a comprehensive re-analysis of government funded evaluations on the effectiveness of the Family Intervention Project (FIP) strategy.

The FIPs became a flagship policy in New Labour's anti-social behaviour strategy. Professor Gregg, discusses the approach of the New Labour government to the academic evaluations of the FIPs and finds that:

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